Keep it authentic. Keep it affordable. Keep me keen.
Published February 16th 2013
Fill up for less with the top 5 locals in Sydneys inner east
[ADVERT]Starving in Surry Hills with only a red note in your pocket? Here are five of the local favourites that will tingle your taste buds and might even leave you some shrapnel.
Bourke St Bakery The original inner-west bombshell, the Bourke Street store serves up rustic baked goods for under $10 a piece. Pastries, muffins, pies, hot rolls and the homemade lemonade make this place a winner. The flours are organic and the flavours are authentic. Lunch time coffee lines might deter you but the pork and fennel rolls are definitely worth it. If you need something sweet, the flourless chocolate cake will definitely get your tongue dancing. Bonus: a great range of sourdoughs let you take the taste home with you.
Sushi Suma A local favourite, this authentic Japanese restaurant is most likely the best value for money in Sydney. It will blow your socks off when your huge meal is placed in front of you. Lunch sets range from $14 - $20 and varieties include teriyaki, udon, tempura, sushi and sashimi with complementary sides of salad, miso soup and agedashi tofu. It barely all fits into a sentence let alone your stomach so definitely don't head here if you only want a snack.
Shakespeare Hotel 12.50 pub meals. No conditions. Over 20 different meals at the same price, the Shakespeare delivers quality pub meals all day long.
The hotel is a standard local with great beers on tap and plenty of locals willing to chat. Standout meals include the Shakey burger, salt and pepper squid, lamb shanks and the BBQ pork ribs. A reliable collection of meals guaranteed to satisfy.
This spud cafe is a unique venture of great value. It sits on Crown with a great window for people watching and truly brings something special to the plate. With options for those with gluten intolerance it's a genuine crowd pleaser with spud toppings spanning from chilli con carne, Mexican style beef to beans and seeds all for under $15. Definitely one to fill up the tummy especially in cooler weather.
This one is hitting the streets big time, so if you're in the need for a sugar rush do not pass up Messina. At this time of year, it's almost impossible to walk down Crown Street and not see someone attacking a cone like a person in love. The flavours are completely unique and are made from actual homemade ingredients. The apple pie flavour literally is made from baked apple pie. You can see and taste the difference. From $4 - $6 as well, it's a bargain. Messina is so good you might as well say goodbye to your skinny jeans now.